Midland Health conference recap

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland Health held a conference this morning to update the Midland community as cases continue to climb.

Currrently, Midland County has a total of 734 confirmed cases.

The hospital census of positive COVID patients in Midland Memorial have a total of 22. Five of those 22 are on the critical care unit and 17 are on the COVID unit.

In Midland Health’s last conference, CEO Russell Meyers stated how they have ran out of remdesivir overt this past weekend.

“We are hoping to hear about a new allocation in the next day or two but as of this moment have not so we do not have any remdisivir,” says Meyers.

Meyers says convalescent plasma treatment which they believe has been beneficial to patients.

The hospital has seen an increase of employees testing positive.

“That’s a growing concern for us that we are losing people from the workforce at least,” says Meyers.

According to Meyers, 41 employees have tested positive.

Extended delays in testing continue to be an issue for Midland Health. As they begin testing more and more people every day, the results are not coming back in a timely fashioned as Meyers expected.

“In the meantime, we are working to get additional testing sites established,” says Meyers.

Logistical, technology, and staffing continue to serve problems for Midland Health to establish a second testing site but Meyers says progress has been made.

“I am very hopeful by the middle of next week there’s a good chance that we will have a second testing site,” says Meyers.

To go with the new test site, a rapid test machine has been identified and acquired by Midland Health to get results back faster to people. The machine acquired is the quidel sofia.

With Midland Health running short on staff due to positive test results, they have found the struggle of finding a group to be at the testing site.

To hear the full conference, click here.

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